Definition of Phenol

1. Noun. Any of a class of weakly acidic organic compounds; molecule contains one or more hydroxyl groups.




2. Noun. A toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally.

Definition of Phenol

1. n. A white or pinkish crystalline substance, C6H5OH, produced by the destructive distillation of many organic bodies, as wood, coal, etc., and obtained from the heavy oil from coal tar.

Definition of Phenol

1. Noun. (organic compound uncountable) A caustic, poisonous, white crystalline compound, C6H5OH, derived from benzene and used in resins, plastics, and pharmaceuticals and in dilute form as a disinfectant and antiseptic; once called carbolic acid. ¹

2. Noun. (organic chemistry countable) Any of a class of aromatic organic compounds having at least one hydroxyl group attached directly to the benzene ring. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Phenol

1. a caustic compound [n -S]

Medical Definition of Phenol

1. 1. A white or pinkish crystalline substance, C6H5OH, produced by the destructive distillation of many organic bodies, as wood, coal, etc, and obtained from the heavy oil from coal tar. It has a peculiar odour, somewhat resembling creosote, which is a complex mixture of phenol derivatives. It is of the type of alcohols, and is called also phenyl alcohol, but has acid properties, and hence is popularly called carbolic acid, and was formerly called phenic acid. It is a powerful caustic poison, and in dilute solution has been used as an antiseptic. 2. Any one of the series of hydroxyl derivatives of which phenol proper is the type. Glacial phenol, any one of a series of compounds having both phenol and aldehyde properties. Phenol phthalein. See Phthalein. Origin: Gr. To show + -ol: cf. F. Phenol. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phenol

phenobarbitone
phenobarbitones
phenobarbs
phenobutiodil
phenocopied
phenocopies
phenocopy
phenocopying
phenocryst
phenocrystic
phenocrysts
phenodin
phenogam
phenogamia
phenogams
phenol (current term)
phenol coefficient
phenol glucuronosyltransferase
phenol oxidase
phenol red
phenolaemia
phenolase
phenolases
phenolate
phenolated
phenolates
phenolating
phenolic
phenolic plastic
phenolic resin

Literary usage of Phenol

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1. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"phenol is sometimes very faintly acid to litmus, but this is due to impurities (E. ... Liq., BP—This is obtained by liquefying phenol with ю per cent. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1871)
"Strong nitric add attacks phenol with great violence, each drop as it comes in contact ... When chlorine is passed into phenol which is kept cool ; and the ..."

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1900)
"The fourth paper was read by Dr. FK Cameron and was enti- tied " Hydrochloric Acid and Aqueous phenol," by FK Cameron and JA Emory. ..."

4. Preventive medicine and hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau (1917)
"Crude carbolic acid is a mixture of phenols and cresols, with coloring matter and impurities. Carbolic acid is often used as a synonym for phenol ; in fact, ..."

5. The Philippine Journal of Science by Philippines Bureau of Science (1908)
"At this time it is well established that impurities in phenol may produce a ... It is also true that pure, colorless phenol is reddened by the action of ..."

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